Porcelain crowns can be used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Their versatility makes them a practical dental solution for restoring teeth that are worn, severely decayed, or damaged. A porcelain tooth crown on a damaged front tooth can make your smile look new. You can learn more about restorative dental crowns at Brighton Dental in San Diego, California.
Porcelain crowns serve many purposes as a restorative dental solution, correcting problems such as:
Fractured or broken teeth are highly susceptible to decay and infection, which can spread to other areas of your mouth and compromise your oral health. They’re also at risk of further breakage and crumbling, which could lead to their removal.
Dental crowns act like protective coverings to safeguard cracked or broken teeth from decay and future damage. Crowning a damaged tooth can make it strong and whole again.
Dr. Paige Woods may recommend dental crowns for severely decayed teeth that can’t be restored with traditional fillings. After removing the decay, Dr. Woods can cover the tooth with a porcelain crown to strengthen its compromised structure. Dental crowns can also protect teeth that have undergone root canal therapy, renewing their strength and stability.
Porcelain crowns can help salvage weak, worn, and damaged teeth and restore their usefulness to avoid extraction. A tooth that’s protected by a crown will look and function like new.
The dental crown procedure is pretty straightforward and minimally invasive. The first step is evaluating the damage to your tooth to determine if a crown is the best way to restore its usefulness. If so, Dr. Woods will clean and prepare your tooth. This may entail removing decay, smoothing out rough edges, or rebuilding your tooth structure with bonding to support your crown.
We’ll then take an impression of your tooth to create an imprint from which a customized crown will be made for your use. This imprint is sent to a lab that specializes in porcelain crown fabrication. A custom-made crown will fit evenly and comfortably over your tooth and function properly for biting and chewing. It will also closely resemble the color of your natural teeth to blend seamlessly with your smile.
Fabricating your crown off-site could take several weeks. In the meantime, we can cover your compromised tooth with a temporary crown to ease your pain and protect it from further damage.
Once your permanent crown is ready, you’ll return to our office, where we’ll remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent one in place. Your porcelain crown will become the new face of your tooth, restoring its appearance, and bear the brunt of biting and chewing, restoring its usefulness.